So, moving on from the Shenanigans of yesterday….
I posted about the work of Fujikake Yuzan last week, but felt this piece deserved a post all to itself. Currently, it’s for sale. I believe it will be very very expensive. Perhaps triple what a normal Yuzan of this size costs, 100-120,000¥.
Atop box. Pot measures just over 15 cm, a perfect size for standard size Shohin. The detail is exceptional, very fine brushwork. The pot is level and the lines are clean. I love the slanting pine and the detail to the classical house.
The other three sides. All are equally detailed, and the landscape wraps around the full circumference of the pot, with no breaks.
One thing to note about most Fujikake Yuzan pots is the directionality. Unlike pieces from some painters, Yuzan pots are dual function. The negative space in a painted pot defines the directionality. Note that the landscape in the photo atop the box has negative space in the top right, so would be suited for a tree with movement in the same direction. The opposite side has negative space on the left, suited for a tree with movement opposite the other. A very important thing to consider when picking out painted pots!
One of the coolest things about this pot to me. On the carved underside are two extraordinarily detailed opposing dragons. Too freaking awesome!
Finally, the sign and seal on the inside of the pot. This is unusual in itself, but the fact that there are additional characters to the signature and two figures painted to each side is extra special.
This pot by Fujikake Yuzan, represents, I believe, his best work. Carving detail, underside and signature figures, and an excellent dual use landscape….who could ask for more?
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